Within the Greater Toronto area, Oakville, Ontario real estate is home to 165,613 people as of the 2006 census. The projected population for 2011 is 183,700. The first industries in this area were timber shipping, wheat farming and shipbuilding. This town in Halton Region has had many industries including Shell Canada and Petro Canada, oil refineries that are no longer in operation in Oakville. In 1962 Oakville merged with Bronte, Palermo, Sheridan and a remaining portion of Trafalgar Township and became the new Town of Oakville. Oakville, Ontario homes for sale are spread throughout many communities divided by the Oakville Planning Department within the town.
Old Oakville, Kerr Village, Bronte, Eastlake, Clearview, College Park, Iroquois Ridge North, Iroquois Ridge South, Glen Abbey, Palermo, River Oaks, Uptown Core and West Oak Trails are neighborhoods within Oakville. West Oak Trails is the newest. Many of the neighborhoods are located on the shore of Lake Ontario. College Park is between Sixteen Mile Creek and east of Trafalgar Road and surrounds Sheridan College.
The residents of Oakville, Ontario real estate are served by the Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest and Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud. The town has a number of private schools. The private school of Appleby College is located here and was established in 1911.
Choosing Oakville, Ontario real estate provides residents with numerous festivals as well as arts and cultural venues. The Downtown Jazz Festival, the Waterfront Festival (which was recently cancelled due to financial problems) and For the Love of the Arts Festival are annual events. The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts provides residents with many local as well as international artists. The Oakville Symphony Orchestra and the Oakville Ballet Company are featured by the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Visual arts, literary figures and films are hosted by the Oakville Arts Council.
Residents of Oakville real estate also have access to a contemporary art museum, Oakville Galleries. The museum receives funding from the town as well as grants. With two locations – one in Centennial Square downtown and the other in Gairloch Gardens in East Oakville – the museum has over 1100 works of art.